Populism & Nationalism in Europe, Feb. 9, via Zoom

The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a presentation by Francesco Duina, Professor of Sociology and European Studies at Bates College.  He has held appointments at Harvard University, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of British Columbia (where he was Professor and Head of Sociology from 2013-2015).  He is the author of nearly 30 articles in leading academic journals, op-ed pieces in newspapers such as the LA Times and The Guardian, and six books.  The most recent is Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Right-wing populist parties have scored major victories in Europe.  What can explain their success?  This talk will explore a rarely discussed factor:  their surprising ability to weave right-wing ideologies with left-wing or progressive positions.  These positions include support for gays, gender equality, and generous welfare policies.  Why and how do these parties do this?  We will consider the cases of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, the National Rally in France, and the Sweden Democrats.  In the conclusion, we will reflect on whether any of these observations apply to Donald Trump.

This program will be offered as a an online program via Zoom.   For our planning purposes, registration is required.  To register, click the link here or email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you on February 9.The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues.  

The 2022 conference “Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad” will take place February 25-27, 2022, and will entirely virtual, live-streamed from Camden, Maine.  For more details on this Conference, visit their website at camdenconference.org. 

Date:Wednesday Feb 9, 2022

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location: online via zoom

The Summit Project’s Honor Case

For the past few months, the Auburn Public Library has been a custodian of The Summit Project’s Honor Case. The Summit Project is a living memorial to Maine’s veterans. The mission of the Honor Case is to “hold, preserve and share the memories of fallen service members from Maine.” FMI visit https://thesummitproject.org/

If you are looking for a way to celebrate Veterans Day next week, plan to stop by to see the Honor Case and learn the stories of those honored within. (Note: We are closed on Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11.)

Now Available: Comics Online!

With Comics Plus, you have unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from more than one hundred publishers with your library card. Every title is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on your computer, tablet or phone—no holds or wait lists required.

You do not need to create an account.  Simply go to the ComicsPlus Website  and search for your Auburn Public Library.

To login to the website, enter the 14 digit barcode from your library card.

If you are using an iOS or Android device, use the Library Pass app for the best experience.   

Get the iOS app here

Get the Android app here.


To login from the app:

  • Search for your library by town or library name
  • Click the green button to “Log in with Library Card/ID”  
  • Enter your 14 digit barcode in the first box and then enter the last 4 digits of the barcode as your PIN

College Night 2021, Nov. 4

The Auburn Public Library will be hosting our annual College Night in person this year! It will take place November 4th from 5:30-7:30 in the Androscoggin Community Room. 

The evening will start off with a panel discussion from 5:30-6:45. It will be facilitated by Jessica Whittier from FAME, featuring admissions representatives from different institutions. The discussion will be followed by a college fair! This is a great opportunity to get all your questions answered by someone directly from the institution! 

So far, admissions representatives from Husson University, University of New England, University of Maine at Orono, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine at Augusta, Central Maine Community College, Thomas College, and Maine Maritime Academy will be in attendance!

Date:Thursday Nov 4, 2021

Time:5:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

Financial Literacy: Introduction to Credit, Oct. 19

The world of credit score and knowing how to build your credit can be truly confusing.  This workshop will give you the basics of a credit score, how to use credit properly, and how to increase your credit score. This workshop is perfect for anyone who needs to improve their credit, is trying to prepare to buy a home, or who is just starting out.

Join Kendra Wheeler, Branch Manager for Bangor Savings Bank, for this helpful introduction to credit.  Kendra has a passion for financial literacy; as she describes it, a “really nerdy, has date-night-‘financial committee’-meetings-with-her-husband” passion!  Kendra takes a kind and honest approach when coaching and is committed to showing people how to successfully reach their money goals.

This program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.  For our planning purposes, registration is required.  To register, please click here, or email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

Date:Tuesday Oct 19, 2021

Time:3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Location:Conference Room

Kids! Mr. Drew and His Animals Too! , Oct. 25

The library is happy to have Mr. Drew back with his live animals. Learn all about the many species Mr. Drew cares for in this highly engaging presentation. We are offering two sessions of this informative program as a COVID precaution. Please register for one session only. Masks are required.

Date:Monday Oct 25, 2021

Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Sign up for the first session, 4PM-5PM, here.

Sign up for the second session, 6PM-7PM, here.

KIDS! Try it Tuesday

Try it Tuesdays continue through October. Check our event calendar for full details, some programs require pre-registration.

October 12, Virtual Program: Graveyard Pudding Cup Join Miss Corinna as she shows you how to easily make graveyard-themed pudding cups. This is a perfect spooky snack to make with your friends and family at home. This program will be on our Facebook page – Auburn Public Library Advocates. Interested in more recipes to try? The children’s department has lots of great cookbooks published for kids. We hope you’ll stop by and check them out.

Date:Tuesday Oct 12, 2021 Time:4:00 PM  –  4:05 PM

October 19: Building a Tall Tower How high do you think you could build? Our next Try-it Tuesday session with Ms. Bethany is a fun and interactive STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) activity. We will be learning about building and reading some fiction and non-fiction books about buildings and towers. After that, you can participate in a hands-on tower building activity. This session is geared towards children in grades 3 – 6 but younger elementary students are also welcome to participate. Limited spaces are available so please register online here.

Date:Tuesday Oct 19, 2021 Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM Location:Androscoggin Community Room

October 26: Candy Corn Catapults Our next Try-it Tuesday session is a fun and interactive Halloween STEM activity which will feature flying objects! We will be reading Halloween books and learning about catapults. After that, children can participate in a hands-on catapult building activity. See how well you can build a catapult to try to get candy corn (and maybe other objects) onto a target. This session is geared towards children in grades 2 – 6 but younger elementary students are also welcome to participate. Limited spaces are available so please register online here.

Date:Tuesday Oct 26, 2021 Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM Location:Androscoggin Community Room

Mini Reading Journals now available!

Our new mini reading journals include space for you to keep track of what you’ve read, lists of books you want to read, and genre checklists if you are looking for ideas of what to read. There’s also a page to keep track of your reading challenges, and we have stamps available for any APL reading challenges that you have completed.

Pick one up at the Lending Desk, or print out just the pages you want here: https://www.auburnpubliclibrary.org/reading-journal-printouts/.

You can also visit our Reading Journal page to print extra sheets!

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